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Wanted: One big bad defenceman

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I thought Chara put that "good Canadian toughness" garbage to rest. You sure sound old.

Rome is not the answer to our physical problems. I don't think you made your point clear as to WHY he is the answer. He is not big, he does not have much of a mean streak (maybe as mean as Ballard), and his raw ability isn't that great. Work ethic and injuries gave him a chance to be a regular here, but he is really NOT the answer.

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Just need to stay healthy overall.

Imo a 4-line attack will go a long way towards doing that. With Lappy and Manny playing 12-14 mins each, we don't have to play Kesler 20-24 mins a game anymore.

And if all those lines are effective, then we're not spending as much time in our own zone, allowing the defense to be more relaxed.

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I didn't say Rome was the answer to our problems. I said that is why AV loves him.He is a tough, hard working #6 or7 defensemen, but everyone is always asking why AV loves him and that is why IMO But if you look at how opposing players stand up to him they usually don't much past a push. You don't have to fight to be tough.What I would like and is obtainable would be a Dan Boyle type, maybe a Burns, they are out there, but not cheap!Maybe even a young Regher??But definately a big #2 or 3.Wasn't rying to pur Rome in our top 4, and yes I am old, as you are young and don't read well!LOLPlease note I did not say Boyle or Burns, just their type! But I am willing to hear what typr you would think

But seriously, just wanted to put it out there for discussion

I thought Chara put that "good Canadian toughness" garbage to rest. You sure sound old.

Rome is not the answer to our physical problems. I don't think you made your point clear as to WHY he is the answer. He is not big, he does not have much of a mean streak (maybe as mean as Ballard), and his raw ability isn't that great. Work ethic and injuries gave him a chance to be a regular here, but he is really NOT the answer.

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Good post, we lack toughness we will get Webber come deadline

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A young Pronger we can use. Who's out there?

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Agreed, I would love to see some real grit and a "meany mcnasty" on our back end. Bieksa has better numbers when he's taking numbers and being a hard ass, but he needs to step it up and get back to last seasons form.

I disagree with the Rome notion, his positional play and skill set are lacking, though he does take the opportunity to really hammer guys, he is not the answer. Edler had more of a mean streak in the playoffs than he's showing right now, but his role has changed to fill Erhoff's boots. If Edler can balance the scoring demand with some ass kicking....

I too would love to have a Pronger/ Chara type guy. But how and who? Lets be reasonable, Bieksa can get his mean on and should, but it's a combined effort, opponents need to fear our entire D, not just one player.

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I do agree that we could use a big, studly defenceman but unfortunately there just isn't enough supply to go with the demand. The Prongers and Webbers of this league aren't going anywhere.

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how much is gillis supposed to give up for this big bad D man? lots of proposals in the other forum none of them good.

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how much is gillis supposed to give up for this big bad D man? lots of proposals in the other forum none of them good.

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i heard a rumor awhile back that gillis was looking for a big, hard hitting defenseman....they may move ballard if that d-man became available.....

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Adam McQuaid? He has bigger arms than Chara, it may take a lot, and he might not want to come but he is big.

Pretty much any D-man from Colorado is huge.

Brayden Coburn from Philly, 6'5 220 lbs and can skate very well

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"...secretly AV loved his hit on Horton..."

You know this because?

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